Feeds

F-Secure fixes scanner glitch

Small earthquake in Finland, not many dead

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

SANS - Survey on application security programs

F-Secure has discovered a bug that can cause system crashes on Windows machines loaded with its antivirus software. In real life, the flaw is very rare - only three customer sightings in a year. Today the company has issued a fix.

The flaw involves the way F-Secure Anti-Virus version 5.30 deals with "certain combinations of strange or unusual characters", which can (theoretically) be a problem when a user tries to save a HTML file using Word.

If the file contains complex and long hyperlinks there's a small possibility that it will "blue-screen" a Windows machine running F-Secure Anti-Virus version 5.30.

Although the problem is rare, the impact is potentially severe. F-Secure has made a hotfix available, which addresses the complex filename saving bug, along with other issues.

The Finnish firm urges customers to review its advisory before deciding whether they need to apply the patch. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker
Natter-board tells middle-class Britain to purée its passwords
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
Canadian teen accused of raiding tax computers using OpenSSL bug
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
German service pays tribute to Lavabit
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'
So it begins ... or maybe not, says one analyst
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.